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Wednesday, 07/03/2013, 06:42 am

Chris Weidman: Silva ‘going to have to go through hell to beat me’

By Evan Stoumbelis – @MMAEvan

Nearly 5 years ago Chris Weidman’s MMA journey began, on his living room couch in the summer of 2008 when Weidman saw Silva fight. Weidman analyzed Silva and came to the conclusion that he could beat the champion. It almost sounds like something out of a movie, and yet, 5 years later here we are, Silva vs. Weidman for the middleweight strap. 9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC, Chris Weidman has been waiting for this day, and it is something many fans have looked forward to for a long time.

“If you go in the cage with insecurities, he’s going to feed on it, he’s going to mess with you. He’s going to make that insecurity grow and make you feel, ‘Wow, I really don’t belong in the cage with this guy, he can knock me out any time he wants.’ You see guys melt down, almost give up because they’re so mentally beaten. Well, he’s going to have to go through hell to do that to me.”

“If I don’t win this title, it’s a complete failure in my mind. I got in the sport for one reason, to be champion. When I decided to make the transition from wrestling to MMA, it was going to be a big sacrifice on my family. I had to make the decision, ‘I’m going to work hard every single day. I’m going to do the best I possibly can with the athletic ability I have.’ I knew I had potential, I knew I had talent. But it’s easy to waste that, especially when you have talent. I could beat a lot of guys in the room not really working hard. But I wanted to be known as the hardest worker in the room, which wasn’t always my main thing before I got to MMA. I said if I’m going to do this and my family is going to have to go through this. I’m working my ass off to be No. 1. The only reason I’m going to do it is to be world champion.”

In Weidman’s mind, he has believed he could beat Silva from day one, and now, the stars have aligned for the 29 year old New York native.

“I feel everything is lined up perfectly. I have zero excuses to lose this fight. I just feel like it’s perfect timing in every possible way. I do feel all the stars are aligned for me to win this belt. I can’t see me losing. I don’t see it happening.”

The UFC 162 Weidman vs. Silva main card kicks off at 9P.M. from Las Vegas with Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Siver. The preliminary card starts at 7P.M. on FX with Edson Barboza vs. Rafaello Oliveira.

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9 Comments to Chris Weidman: Silva ‘going to have to go through hell to beat me’

  1. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    Keep telling yourself that Weidman. Only thing Weidman has going for him is age. Anderson gained a lot of experience and mental toughness over the years, but at the age of 38 it’s more than likely he lost quite a bit of physical capabilities compared to ten years ago. Not that it matters much cause his physical capabilities were always way above everyone else’s.

  2. Jujitsu Player says:

    I’ve had enough of hearing Weidman’s hype, yeah I get it you’re awesome. Now stop it and do your talking in the Octagon. My money is on a Silva win by TKO.

  3. magoo says:

    That first beating Chael put on Anderson is is gonna feel like a walk in the park compared to what Weidmans gonna do to him! My coins on Chris I’m predicting a Muniz type finish 1st or second round.

    • krafty11 says:

      hahaha! Keep Dreaming!! You have always hated on Silva, and where has that gotten you?? You said the same things about Belfort, Okami, Sonnen (twice) and Silva finished all of them..

      • magoo says:

        Ding Ding Ding….. What have we got for him Johny! Ur right I don’t like Anderson Silva, never have and probably never will.I think he’s a pompous ass clown! And if Weidman can humble him by busting him up and making him bleed, or even tap his ass out I will be one ecstatic man! That being said I thought I may have to cheer for him once but Vitor Belfort fixed that problem and KHTFO…lol

    • Dddddddd says:

      I’m with ya. I’ve got my funkin fingers crossed. If Weidman beats his ass I won’t attack one groupie. Because I’m better and believe Chris is as well.

  4. The natural says:

    The only prob with that is he’s the champion. You have too beat him. He can stand there and watch u if he wants.. Anderson 2nd rnd ko. Weidmann keep hyping it, Silvia really needs the extra cash.

  5. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    Beating? Only injury Silva walked away with was the injury he had before that fight.

    It’s going to be a Bonnar finish, Anderson will play a bit with him, letting him punch the air and then he’s going to finish him.

  6. JiuJitsuHeyZues says:

    False. The spiders Reign Continues.

    I wont believe it til I see it, and even then I would still have a hard time believing it.

    Another interesting aspect is that even if Weidman wins the battle is far from over, Dana has already stated that there would be an immediate rematch for Silva should he lose. So in reality Weidman will have to survive the spider twice. But thats a pretty big if. When weidman Loses well its back to the bottom of the Heap.

  7. frank says:

    i can see this fight going either way and i won’t make excuses for either fighter losing unless herb dean makes a bad stoppage which isn’t likely. i’m sure there will be some weidman fans who will make excuses if he loses and i’m POSITIVE there will excuses from silva fans if he loses. they’ll start with the whole he got lucky or anderson is 38 if he was in his prime bs blah blah blah it’s going to be a good fight and the better man that night will win. i’m leaning towards chris because he is the same height and physically stronger than anderson. either way i’m hoping for a real fight.

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